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Long title, I know. But I wanted you to know everything in these. They’re sooooo good.
When I was pregnant last year, one of the things I absolutely loved was granola bars. I ate those for meals, as snacks and everything in between. Really, it became an obsession. I ate so many, I started making my own. I discovered energy bites and decided to give them a go.
As I was making these, I realized I could alter them in so many different ways. It started as a base of peanut butter, honey and oats. Then I added chocolate chips because that makes everything better!
From there I’ve experimented with other flavors and textures. I’ve added ground flax seed, coconut flakes, vanilla and other things. A fun variation is to add mini M&Ms instead of chocolate chips. SO GOOD! I want to try these with pink and red mini M&Ms for a nice, healthy Valentine’s treat.
You can also turn these into lactation bites if you’re a nursing mom. Add 3 tablespoons of brewer’s yeast to up your milk supply and now you’ve got treats that you can claim just for yourself… no need to share!
I now eat these almost everyday when I’m running around the house keeping up with Grace. If I need a quick snack I can take upstairs with me, I take one from the fridge and head up. I love how refreshing they are since they’re kept cold. Mikey also loves to take these to work. Since he can’t really take breaks, he is able to pop one of these in his mouth and keep working. As you can probably tell, we love these around here!
I had an assistant for the first time after giving birth. This shoot was done with a little hand in all of the treats. Tell me if you think I should keep her on… she’s pretty cute if I do say so myself! And it’s the only person I’m okay with having their hands in my nicely placed food.
These no-bake, easy to make energy balls are the best!
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup old fashioned raw oats
2/3 cup toasted, unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup ground golden flaxseed meal (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
6 TBSP mini chocolate chips
In a medium mixing bowl, stir together peanut butter, honey and vanilla. Add in remaining ingredients and stir until combined. Refrigerate for about an hour.
Using a mini cooking scoop, form into 1 inch balls. Store in air tight container in the fridge.
Looking for a healthy breakfast to go along with these?